Massage Therapy FAQ
If you've ever sought to give yourself a break from your busy, stressful lifestyle, you may have found yourself in a spa experiencing a blissfully relaxing massage. What you might not realize, however, is that massage offers some important health and wellness benefits that can help you enjoy a more functional and comfortable life. That's why our chiropractor at Choice Chiropractic & Wellness provides massage therapy for residents of San Tan Valley, AZ.
What Is Massage Therapy?
Massage therapy is the use of manipulative techniques to stimulate, relax, and loosen soft tissues such as muscles, tendons, fascia, and ligaments. It serves as a natural complement to chiropractic care because its relaxing effect on muscles helps the body take to chiropractic adjustments more readily. In this way, chiropractic massage therapy offers a holistic strategy for helping your joints find and maintain their proper alignment. Many of the same problems that might require chiropractic adjustment, including acute or chronic injuries, may require soft tissue treatment as well as joint position correction.
Massage therapy can take many forms. Perhaps the most common style is Swedish massage, a gentle technique that focuses on relaxing and stimulating tissues close to the skin's surface. There's also deep tissue massage, a stronger technique that works on tissues closer to the bones. Another form of massage called trigger point therapy concerns itself with muscle knots that are sending pain signals throughout the body. Massage therapy can also be categorized by its specific goals. For instance, prenatal massage is all about helping pregnant patients feel more comfortable and maintain optimal health, while sports massage focuses on helping athletes prepare for (or recover from) the sport they play.
What are the Benefits of Massage Therapy?
Massage therapy can have profoundly positive effects on your well-being. Some of the most notable health benefits of massage therapy include:
- Improved circulation, which helps injuries heal themselves while reducing inflammation and swelling
- Better immune function and sleep quality
- Drug-free chronic pain management for issues such as arthritis and fibromyalgia
- Natural stress relief and reduction of stress hormone levels in the body
- Near-instant relief from tension headaches (which typically begin as muscle spasms in the neck)
- Improved sports or workplace performance
Massage Therapy in San Tan Valley, AZ
Although a single massage therapy session can yield some remarkable benefits, you'll do your body a bigger favor by making regular massage appointments a part of your routine. By combining periodic massage sessions with chiropractic "maintenance adjustments" and other preventative best practices, our Vancouver chiropractor can help you establish a pattern of optimal health that leads to a longer, happier life. Call Choice Chiropractic and Wellness today at (480) 888-7383 for more information or to schedule an appointment with our chiropractor.